Political Prisoner Says Guards Beat Him, Refused Him Medicine
(Almaty) – The Tajik government should immediately and unconditionally release a seriously ill political activist who says he has been tortured, nine human rights groups said today. The prisoner, Mahmadali Hayit, is deputy head of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), the country’s largest opposition party, which was banned by the government in late 2015.
A provisional agreement reached on 20 February 2019 would prohibit the new European Defence Fund (EDF) from investing in the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems or killer robots. The partial political agreement now must be formally approved by the European Parliament and Council.
Obecna w 84 krajach świata grupa badawcza Ipsos, specjalizująca się m.in. w badaniach opinii, w grudniu 2018 r. przeprowadziła sondaż dt. śmiercionośnych autonomicznych systemów broni, czyli tzw. "robotów zabójcow". Sondaż objął 26 krajów: Argentynę, Australię, Belgię, Brazylię, Kanadę, Chiny, Kolumbię, Francję, Niemcy, Wielką Brytanię, Węgry, Indie, Izrael, Włochy, Japonię, Meksyk, Holandię, Peru, Polskę, Rosję, Republikę Południowej Afryki, Koreę Południową, Hiszpanię, Szwecję, Turcję i Stany Zjednoczone. Sondaż Ipsos z 2017 r. został przeprowadzony w tych samych krajach z wyłączniem Kolumbii, Izraela i Holandii.
More than three in every five people responding to a new poll in 26 countries (including Poland) oppose the development of weapons systems that would select and attack targets without human intervention, Human Rights Watch said today.
"The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots" welcomes the strong call to ban killer robots issued by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres. On 11 November at the Paris Peace Forum marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Secretary-General said, "Imagine the consequences of an autonomous system that could, by itself, target and attack human beings. I call upon States to ban these weapons, which are politically unacceptable and morally repugnant."
European Union states should heed a resolution adopted this month by an overwhelming majority of members of the European Parliament demanding the start of "international negotiations on a legally binding instrument prohibiting lethal autonomous weapons systems."
Global Advocates Foundation, University of Exeter, Freedom Now, Human Rights Watch, and Fair Trials International invite you to attend "Tajikistan 2018 - No Freedom Beyond This Point" at the 2018 OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, Poland. The side event will be devoted to the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Tajikistan and the lack of an adequate international response. The event will feature activists, academics, and politicians from Central Asia, Europe, and the U.S. The round table will discuss specific human rights violations perpetrated by Tajikistan in the context of representative political prisoners, as well as will address the international scale of Tajikistan's continued repression.
Global Advocates Foundation joined the "Campaign to Stop Killer Robots", a global coalition of 86 international, regional, and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in 49 countries that is working to preemptively ban fully autonomous weapons. The Foundation is the first Poland registered NGO to join the campaign.
Tajik Activist At Imminent Risk of Deportation from Germany
Muhamad Sidiq Faizrahmonov, a Tajik activist and brother of Mahmudjon Faizrahmonov (the Spokesman and a member of the opposition and moderate Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), and its Supreme Council), faces deportation from Germany, where he has sought asylum.